5th to 12th July 2015
Day 1: Tarbert to Claonaig, via Tarbert Castle, Allt Beithe, Cruach Doire Leithe, Skipness Strath, Glenskible, Skipness Castle. 13.95 miles.
Day 2: Claonaig to Clacchan, via Claonaig Oakwood, Larachmor Burn, Lochan Fraoich, Lochan A Chreimh, Loch Ciaran, Allt Mor. 11.2 miles
Day 3; Clachan to Tayinloan: via Ronachan House, South Lodge, Standing stones and cist at Ballochroy, Rhunahaorine Point. 9 miles.
Day 4: Tayinloan to Carradale: via Kilmory, Deucheran Hill Wind Farm, Drochaid Burn, Carradale Water Glen, Brackley Cemetery, Cnoc Nan Gabhar(Deer Hill). 17.25 miles.
Day 5: Carradale to Gobagrennan Cattle Grid: via Dippen, Torrisdale Castle, Saddell, Lussa Loch, Corryloch. 15.18 miles.
Day 6: Gobagrennan to Campbelltown: via Skeroblin Cruach, Skeroblingarry, Calliniburn Cottage, Ballywilline. 6 miles.
Day 7: Macrahanish to Southend: via Innean Glen, Binnein Fithich, Largiebaan, Amod Hill, Gleann Breacirigh, Keil Point and Dunaverty. 18.2 miles.
|Group:||Pat, Christine and John (aka The Lancashire Cake to Cakers)|
|Start Point:||Tarbert, Argyll. Scotland||Distance:||91 miles|
|Time:||7 walking days (1 rest day spent cycling on Gigha)|
|Weather:||Generally mild. 2 Heavy rain showers on Day 1. Very misty on Day 5 until we dropped down to Lussa Loch in the afternoon. Again foggy on the tops on Day 7.|
The distance of the walk in the guide book was 87 miles. However as now signposted the walk is 100 miles, ending in Macrahanish instead of Southend. One of the reasons for the route change was to remove walking along the busy road from Campbletown to Macrahanish which for most of its 6 miles has no pavement. The Way has also been diverted from Torrisdale Castle to Ifferdale, avoiding a stretch of road walking. (We took the original route in order to visit Saddell which has wonderful late medieval grave slabs, carved on Iona).
At the start we climbed to Tarbert Castle
The first of many Kintyre Way Waymarkers
As we dropped steeply to Skipness, we looked across Kilbrannan Sound to Arran
About to leave Claonaig on Day 2
This Golden-Ringed Dragonfly was on the path by Lochan Fraoich
The cist was alligned with three standing stones near Ballochroy
Another waymarker by the Sound of Gigha
Approaching Tayinloan, we crossed a beautiful sandy beach
Looking across to Gigha and Jura from Tayinloan
The Paps of Jura as seen from Camas Naireach on Gigha
Cycling on Gigha on our day off
Orchid in the machair near Tayinloan
Looking across to Arran from Deer Hill
Grave stone at Saddell Abbey
Two Friesians `at Corrylach on Lussa Loch
The weather was fine when we left Machrihanish . . .
but the fog descended
We still had views of the beautiful coastline around the Mull of Kintyre
We saw our first seals as we dropped to Keil Point
The finish at Dunaverty